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Thursday 18th September 7.30pm


It took the monks of Lindisfarne seven years to carry the body of Saint Cuthbert from North Northumberland to Durham, albeit with a few detours.  It will take Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne ten weeks to cover the same ground but with considerably more stop-overs. There will be 48 nationwide UK concerts between their opening night at Berwick Maltings on 4th September and their final show on 15th November at the Gala Theatre, Durham, such is the demand for The Lindisfarne Story

The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group's music and achievements devised by Ray Laidlaw, the groups drummer for 33 years and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final 8 years. Together they perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne's classic songs and tell the inside story of the group's rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to Frisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury.  Hear about the early days on Tyneside in the 1960's hustling for gigs, gradually winning over the public and then the meteoric rise to fame in the early seventies. The show is illustrated with personal archive photographs and video of their worldwide concerts, festival and TV appearances. Ray and Billy describe Lindisfarne's triumphant return home as a chart topping band and the unique relationship with the audience in Newcastle City Hall, venue for over 140 Lindisfarne performances.  'Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home', all of these songs have a fascinating story behind them. Enjoy them again and hear how the classic Lindisfarne songs developed and how Bob Dylan's producer helped Lindisfarne focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam rock sounds around them to become one of the major British groups of the seventies and beyond.

In 2014 the appeal of Lindisfarne is as strong as ever, their music is regularly played on TV and radio and younger groups cite the group as a major influence. EMI recently released a 40th anniversary version of their certified platinum 'Fog On The Tyne' album and Newcastle/Gateshead Councils have unveiled plaques on Tyneside honouring both the group and the life and work of the late Alan Hull, Lindisfarne's much-missed songwriter and singer.

The Lindisfarne Story has captured the imagination of fans and media.

"Original, hugely entertaining and a wonderful legacy to the music."  The Evening Chronicle

"Don't miss it!" -  The Journal

Tickets £18.50



Also coming up:

Wednesday 24th September 7.30pm



wessex players

Directed by Tim Laycock and Emma Hill.

In 1916 Thomas Hardy took scenes from his epic poetic account of the Napoleonic Wars ‘The Dynasts’, wrote additional dialogue, and gave the script to the Hardy Players. The performances were done to raise money for the Red Cross during the First World War.

‘Wessex Scenes’ has been triumphantly revived by directors Tim Laycock and Emma Hill, and the result is a colourful, fast-moving piece of music theatre packed with local humour, fun, music and song. A live 7-piece acoustic band on stage, a mummers play, and spectacular costumes evoking both the Regency period of the Wessex Scenes, and the more sombre tones of the Great War all add up to a unique and exciting evening at the theatre.

This play will particularly appeal to anyone to anyone with an interest in Dorset and Thomas Hardy- don’t miss it!

Tickets £14 (concs £12.50) 1 in 10 free (box office bookings only)